News/Media Alliance Names Regan Smith Senior Vice President & General Counsel


Regan Smith

Arlington, VA – The News/Media Alliance today welcomed Regan Smith to the organization as its new Senior Vice President & General Counsel. In this role, Smith will work closely with the Alliance leadership team and staff to lead legal affairs and related public policy initiatives for the Alliance.

Smith is a recognized authority on topics including copyright, artificial intelligence, digital rights management, statutory and collective licensing, and administrative law. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was Head of Public Policy in Spotify’s government affairs group, where she led global policy development and advocacy related to intellectual property and music policy. Before that, she was the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office, where she oversaw an extensive portfolio of regulatory, litigation, and policy matters, including leading over 50 regulatory proceedings, providing expert advice to federal agencies and congressional offices, and successfully driving policy discussions and regulatory reforms related to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and digital music licensing.

Smith has testified before multiple parliamentary bodies on legislative proposals. She also teaches copyright law as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University law school.  She is a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and chair of the ABA’s Copyright Legislation committee. Earlier in her career, Smith advised clients in private practice on a wide range of IP, advertising, media and technology law matters.

“I’m very excited to welcome Regan to the Alliance team,” said Alliance President and CEO, Danielle Coffey. “Her background is extremely relevant and will lend itself perfectly to moving our copyright and legal affairs initiatives forward and leading our broader public policy initiatives. I couldn’t be happier to have her on board and look forward to working with her on these important member priorities and objectives.”

Smith stated, “I’m delighted to be joining the Alliance at this exciting and critical moment of time.  The role of trusted, compelling news and media is more important than ever, and I look forward to working with the Alliance’s members, leadership team and staff to advance the industry’s objectives.”

Smith begins in her new role on September 12.

Smith received a J.D. from Harvard Law and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan.


Media Contact:
Lindsey Loving
Director, Communications

The News/Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing more than 2,000 news and magazine media organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and globally. Alliance members include print and digital publishers of original journalism. Headquartered just outside Washington, D.C., the association focuses on ensuring the future of journalism through communication, research, advocacy, and innovation. Information about the News/Media Alliance can be found at


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